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The Lancaster City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall.  The following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and Stenquest.  Nordin was absent.

Olson moved to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2010 Regular meeting, seconded by Sewnson and carried.   A copy of the Minutes will be posted at the Lancaster City Hall and U.S. Post Office and available upon request to the clerk.

The council reviewed the August 2010 Bills to be paid. Swenson moved to approve the bills for payment, second by Olson and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.

Clerk reported that filing dates for the council positions start August 3rd  and ends August 17th, 2010.  The following positions are open:  Mayor, 2 year position and (2) 4year council positions.

Merlyn Winters has requested a raise in the amounts he is paid for garbage removal from recycling bins and garbage removal from city garbage cans.  Stenquist moved to pay Merlyn $40.00/month for bin cleaning and $7.25/hr for garbage can cleanup, second by Olson and carried.

Johnson and Rice have had 2 meetings with FEMA regarding the flood claim for the week of June 17-26th, 2010 and will complete the application process soon.

Council reviewed the proposed 2011 budget due to the ever changing possible  Local Government Aide cuts and Market Value credit reductions the council wishes to pass a preliminary budget with the proposed levy set at a level that would be considered as a last resort for city funding.  The preliminary budget must be set by September 15th and then a final decision must be made prior to December 15th, 2010.  The General levy can only be decreased not increased after the September 15th deadline.  The council hopes to have more concrete information in regards to Local  Government Aide and Market Value credits prior to the December council meeting.  Olson moved the set the preliminary 2011 General Property tax Levy at $71,000.00 and the overall city budget at $193,650.00, second by Swenson and carried.

Stenquist & Rice reported on the community center project.  An engineering firm is working on some proposals for the committee to review.  Johnson also reported that the community center savings account balance is $5,280.71.

Council reviewed the July City and Liquor Store financial information. 

There has been a concern raised that persons are staying late at the Liquor Store,   Stenquist will discuss the issue with the Liquor Store Manager.

Tom Sebenaler has made a request of the council that they consider reimbursing employees for unused sick leave upon retirement from the city.  Council discussed the situation and requested that Olson and Johnson address this issue when they review the employee handbook.

Council discussed that at times the Liquor Store cannot serve alcohol at the Centennial Hall as they donít have enough employees to cover both the Liquor Store and Centennial Hall party.  Stenquist moved that other On-sale Licensed Liquor Sellers be allowed to serve alcohol at the Centennial Hall provided that they provide a Liquor Liability Certificate with $1,000,000.00 coverage for the event, second by Olson and carried.

Duane Woullet has spread his manure pile and appears to be completing the task as requested at the last council meeting.

Council Adjourned as there was no further council business.


Carol Johnson



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